Tempting free agents the Colts must avoid

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) runs in a touchdown during the third quarter at
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) runs in a touchdown during the third quarter at / George Walker IV / Tennessean.com / USA
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With NFL free agency starting on Wednesday, March 15, the Indianapolis Colts must avoid the temptation of going after some specific free agents.

There are plenty of players that hit the open market every year and there is no exception this year. Big names like Super Bowl champions Frank Clark and Orlando Brown Jr. are expected to not be with the Kansas City Chiefs next season, and several other quality players will be available on Wednesday, March 15, when free agency starts.

There are obvious choices that would improve the Indianapolis Colts next year. For a team that finished the season 4-12-1, there are several spots that can be looked at in free agency to get a jumpstart on a rebuild. However, general manager Chris Ballard is not the type of person to go out and get the biggest names in free agency. In fact, he is historically quiet the first several days and then comes back and signs several smaller free agents.

There are still several Colts players who were on the roster last year that will likely not get signed by Ballard and the Colts this year. Two of the bigger names that will hit the open market include Bobby Okereke and Yannick Ngakoue, who was acquired via a trade that sent Rock Ya-Sin to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Who are the players that are prime Ballard signings that the Colts should stay away from this time around? There are prime targets in positions that Indianapolis will need to fill this offseason that have had a pretty decent career. This does not mean that they should be immediately signed by the Colts. There are reasons that these players are hitting the open market and that is likely due to age, performance, and many other factors.

Let’s take a look at some of the free agents that Indy must resist the temptation to sign.